Learning Language, Slowly

by The Daddy on January 5, 2012

Also known as “what the hell are you trying to say?”

The Knob has been working on stringing more words together lately. It’s exciting to watch, to see his brain developing and his language skills turning on more a little each day. There are days though, where our “parent translator” functions are a little out of skew. Most of the time we can hammer out what he’s trying to say, but there are times it would be nice if understood words like “elucidate” or “articulate” in regards to his speech.

Instead, he just says the gobbledegook harder and louder.

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TechyDad January 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

JSL had issues talking. He’d leave off consonant (and sometimes vowel) sounds so “I want a pretzel” would become “ah-nt petz”. He knew exactly what he was saying and we didn’t. He would get more frustrated as we weren’t responding to him until he either gave up or we had an “ah ha” moment.

Since getting speech therapy, he is now perfectly clear. Which isn’t great when he walks up to us and gives us 4 year old attitude: “I want a PRETZEL right NOW!!!” Why did we want to leave the plausible deniability of his gobbledegook again?

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The Daddy January 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

The Knob has similar issues with the word pretzel. When we are able to discern what he’s talking about, that “ah ha” moment is always a little thrill, as we can then reinforce the correct pronunciation of a word in addition to avoid the oncoming meltdown.

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